Sodra to Implement Fossil-free Fuel "RME" Program in Sweden

Sodra's aim is for RME to account for at least half of all the fuel used by Sodra in Sweden within a year.

June 12, 2012 (Press Release) - As an alternative to diesel, Sodra is introducing the fossil-free fuel RME, rapeseed methyl ester, for its own timber trucks, loaders and fork lift trucks in Sweden at five of its fuelling stations. At the same time, transport companies which have agreements with Sodra are being offered the opportunity to fill up with RME at the stations.

"The objective is to reduce overall fuel costs for Sodra and at the same time provide a more eco-friendly fuel," said Henrik Brodin, project manager for Sodra's RME initiative.

The introduction of RME is very much in line with the Sodra business model, where the use of fossil-free and renewable products is a key issue," said Klara Helstad, Sustainability manager at Sodra.

Sodra has entered into agreements concerning the supply of RME manufactured in Sweden with BioFuel Express in Landskrona and Ecobransle in Karlshamn. "We are seeing greater demand for RME, and so Sodra's RME initiative is very timely. Being a selected supplier and helping to develop RME provides us with great impetus," said Clemen Rasmussen, CEO of BioFuel Express.

"Thanks to this agreement, we provide Sodra with an excellent product in terms of both quality and the environment, and thanks to our close proximity to Sodra's fuelling stations we are also able to provide an excellent service and fast, secure supplies," said Claes Ramel, CEO of Ecobransle.

From June, RME will be available alongside diesel at Sodra's five biggest fuelling stations in Monsteras, Morrum, Varo, Kinda and Langasjo.

"Fuelling stations supplying RME have been available in just a few locations throughout the country to date, but Sodra is working on changing that now. By offering RME at our fuelling stations in various geographical locations throughout southern Sweden, we will allow this renewable fuel to be used just as much as diesel," said Henrik Brodin.

Sodra's aim is for RME to account for at least half of all the fuel used by Sodra in Sweden within a year.

SOURCE: Sodra